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This week’s post concerns books that are popular or famous that I don’t plan to read. I have a list. I really do.

  1. Twilight – sorry. Can’t do sparkly vampires.
  2. 50 Shades of anything – Sorry. The D/s aspects bothered me and I write BDSM. I wanted to clobber both characters and that’s from reading the first five pages.
  3. Pet Sematary – Don’t read dead critters or critters brought back to life. If I have a critter a lot like one of the critters, I won’t read it.
  4. Cujo – see #3.
  5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – yeah, long, long, long sentences aren’t my thing.
  6. Hemingway – not my thing.
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – super on the fence about this one. Leaning toward probably won’t.
  8. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – just not my thing.
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – yeah. see #3 and #4.
  10. Tolkien – not my thing.

What about you? What’s on your list of things you won’t read? What about what you will read? I’d love to know.

Blogging Challenge ~ Books That Did a Great Job Explaining… @meganslayer #longandshortreviews #books

This week’s challenge prompt involves books that did a great job of explaining something. I’ve got a couple of examples, but they’re going to be way off my beaten path, so come along with me here.

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone – I will never forget this book. I still have my crayon-emblazoned copy because it’s a favorite book. Why would I mention it for this prompt? It explained without being blunt, how we build stuff up in our mind and what we think might be super scary can turn out to be nothing huge or at least nothing as scary as how we’ve thought it might be. Grover is one of the least scary monsters. It taught me to not judge a book by it’s cover and to give everyone a chance.

The other book, because I’m not feeling super verbose today, that explained love to me quite well has to be Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Now, let’s not focus on the mother sneaking into the bedroom when the boy is an adult. I know, it’s strange. But this book, with that scene aside, explained to me the lengths we’ll go to for our kids–by birth or adoption or whatever. We’ll love our kids forever. When I read this book to the church congregation when I was in high school, I managed to get through the whole thing without crying. Back then, it was just a book. Now I’m an adult and a mom and I read it from a different perspective. It taught me that no matter how big or old my tot will get, I’m still his mom and I still will love him.

Did I make you cry yet? I can’t read that book without a few tears.

So, what books do you think explained something well? What was it? I’d love to know.

Blogging Challenge ~ Books I’ve Meant to Read & Haven’t @meganslayer #books #toberead #TBRList #longandshortreviews

I’ve been thinking about this challenge prompt since I wrote last week’s post. Books I haven’t read… I’d love to say there aren’t many books I haven’t read, but there are tons. I have a thing, though. If the book doesn’t look good, I won’t bother. I’ve been convinced to read a few books I thought I might not like. I’ve enjoyed many of those.

But what books are out there that I’ve meant to read and haven’t. Here’s a short list:

  • 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Now mind you, these are only three titles. The TBR list is freaking huge. What about you? What books have you been meaning to read and haven’t yet?

Blogging Challenge – @meganslayer #books #school #reading #longandshortreviews

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This week’s post involves books we had to read in school that I liked. I have to admit, I don’t remember specific books we had to read. I remember one, but the others were ones I had to read but I picked them myself. That was the fun of being in the accelerated kids. We could select our own books.

So what do I remember reading and liking? For one, I remember reading Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. I don’t remember much about the book now, but what I do recall was that I liked it so much at the time that when I found out they were going to toss the junk copies of the book (They gave us the copies to read and turn back in, so some were really torn up), I begged for one of the copies. I was rewarded for my determination and still have the book. 🙂

Another I had to read, but it was of my choosing, was Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Now I read this in the sixth grade. Yep. I chose it and the teacher didn’t argue with me. All she said was if I could understand it, then I could read it. I didn’t get every nuance, but I understood it enough to write the report. In hindsight, I see the issues with the book, but I was what…12? I didn’t know better. I do now. Still, I did enjoy it. If you can accept it as fiction, but not how things really might have been, it’s easier to enjoy.

Another book I chose because I wanted to read it was one I got into trouble for reading. If you’ve read my other posts you might recall me mentioning getting detention for reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Well, part of the punishment, since I wanted to read it, was that I had to do a report on it. Unfortunately for the teacher, it wasn’t punishment. I loved the book. HA!

One last book I remember being given the option to read and devouring, was Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan White, Ann Marie Cunningham and Jeanne White. We were given the option to read it, but since he was a little older than me and (being an adolescent at the time), I thought he was cute. I read it and gained a better understanding of what AIDS is (it’s still a cause for me), what hemophilia is and how his life wasn’t easy, but he kept smiling. I cried at the end and it made me want to do something. I’m glad I read this book. Really.

What about you? What books have you read from school and loved them? I’d love to know. The TBR list is huge, but oh well. Books are love.

#Books I #Read in #school and didn’t like with @wendizwaduk #books #challenge #reading

This week’s post involves books I read at school that I didn’t like. On first thought, this could be easy. On second, it could be a hard post. On third consideration, I’m having a hard time remembering some of the books I read in school.

One of the books I read and didn’t like wasn’t so much that it was a bad story, but I’m the kind of person where if the dog/cat/pet/etc dies or is killed, I’m not happy. I’ll end the book right there and not go back.

So one book we had to read at school that I didn’t like has to be Where the Red Fern Grows. This book traumatized me. It did. And when we had to watch the movie AGAIN, I took myself to the office. I had to explain to the office staff and principal why I refused to watch this movie. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was my small act of protest. No one else saw why I wouldn’t want to watch a movie where the dog dies. Uh, hello…it’s traumatizing to me. I’ve never read the book since the initial read and haven’t watched it since. Nope. Won’t do it.

Another book we read that wasn’t a favorite has to be Fahrenheit 451. I admit, this book is considered a classic and a fave of a lot of people. It’s scarier now than it ever was when I read it in middle school, But reading it as an adult, it’s not such a bad book. I just had a hard time understanding it at the time.

I remember reading Animal Farm and just being put off pork for a while. I wouldn’t read it again, but I did for an adult book club.

I’m pretty sure we read Lord of the Flies, but I don’t remember it much at all. I’m sure we read Hiroshima, but I’m sure I blocked a lot of that out. I know what happened (I like history) and the book wasn’t bad. I’d just rather not think about it right now (especially in this world climate). I probably ready 1984, but again, I don’t remember much of it, so it wasn’t a favorite. I’m also sure I’ve read Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. I didn’t particularly like it because I rather liked George. Oh well.

What about you? What books did you read in school that you weren’t fond of? I’d love to know.

Blogging Challenge @meganslayer #books 6-12-2019 #bookcovers #favorites #covers #meganslayer #romance #yumminess

This week’s post concerns cover love. I’m a particular person when it comes to covers. I love a hot cover. I do. I’m willing to buy a book if the cover is yum. I’ve also passed over a few books that the cover was kind of cruddy.

Here are some of my favorites:

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Kimberly Raye. For a while, if this guy (I don’t know who he is) was on the cover, I’d buy it.

Another one of Raye’s I loved was Dead Sexy. I don’t know who this guy is, but yum.

I’ve always loved MM covers and this one is for my all-time favorite MM book, Regularly Scheduled Life. It’s out of print and I wish it wasn’t.

This cover is a favorite for me because it shows a 1920s/30s style. It’s mistaken for being BDSM, but it’s about Houdini. See what you think. I love it.

For my last cover, it’s another historical. I love Jade Lee’s wedding series and this one, featuring a Wendy, is my favorite.

What about you? What’s a cover you love? Tell me! 🙂

Blogging Challenge @Meganslayer #longandshortreviews #challenge #blogging #sequel #books 6-6-2019

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Okay, I’m going to admit something that’s probably unpopular, but I can’t (as of right now) think of a book I’d want a sequel to. That’s not true. I can, but they have been given sequels of sorts.

I always wanted a better sequel to Gone With the Wind. Scarlett and Rhett Butler’s People were okay, but since it tended to idealize the South…they don’t count. Maybe a book from Mammy’s point of view? Or from one of the sisters? Prissy?

Another is The Shining. But that was made with Doctor Sleep. I wouldn’t have categorized it as a sequel, but that’s because it felt like two stories in the same world, but not especially connected.

Now for the I’ll-probably-be-shot-out-of-a-cannon-for-this suggestion… Nancy Drew all grown up. Yes. Not the teen Nancy Drew (of course I loved her and have many of those books), but her as a younger adult or even in her late twenties/early thirties. You can’t tell me she’d still be hand-holding with Ned. Come on. I want to see her grown, with kids, married, divorced…but still solving those mysteries. Maybe she’d be the neighborhood watch kick-ass chick. Yanno? What if she hooked up with one of the Hardy Boys? It’s possible. Drew Hardy, Mysteries? Ya never know.

What about you? What would you like to see get a sequel?